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Harare, Zimbabwe, 13-15 October 2005
2nd edition of the Southern African Social Forum
The concept paper for the Forum developed by the SASF secretariat
9 October 2005
The Southern African Social Forum (SASF) is a continuation of the Africa Social Forum, (ASF) that takes place annually, since Bamako (2002), as a prelude to the World Social Forum (WSF) that was initiated in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 2001. The latter is an annual event that is deliberately organized to coincide with the World Economic Forum (Davos). The timing is meant to signify civil society opposition voices to the high-level one-sided pro globalization and neo liberalism deliberations between the world leaders and international financial institutions.
Following the Bamako Forum and the Addis Ababa Forum, a process of consultations have taken place around Africa to find a way of effectively exposing the current social, political and economic injustices for better government and state action. A forum creates a platform for various interest groups of civil society to discuss issues together pertaining to social, political and economic justice. In addition, a forum increases solidarity in the sub-region and Africa as a whole before going to the global social forum, in this case in preparation for the next World Social Forum to be held in Africa in 2007.
The need to host a Southern African Social Forum (SASF) arose from the second African Social Forum held in Addis Ababa, 5-9 January 2003. Participants resolved to establish sub-regional forums as a way of getting diverse views on Africa’s socio-economic and political issues from a wider constituency prior to Africa Social Forum (ASF) and World Social Forum (WSF). Each sub -region was designated to form its own Steering Committee of at least five persons. Six persons that represented mass movements in their constituencies were selected as members of the Southern Africa Regional Steering Committee (SARSC).
Thus individuals and organizations that had previously attended the Africa and World Social Forums met in early May 2003 and founded the Zimbabwe Social Forum which then went on to plan, organize and mobilize social movements and organizations culminating in the holding of the first ever ZSF in Harare gardens from 9-11 October, 2003, under the theme "A People’s Forum on Peace, Reconstruction and Prosperity in Zimbabwe." As a result of the experiences gained during the ZSF, the Forum decided to take part and be part of the first ever Southern African Social Forum, held in Lusaka Zambia in 2003.
Key Components of The Southern African Social Forum
As African people with similar problems, the 2nd edition of the Southern African Social Forum [SASF] will provide space for advocacy for a better quality of life and development for all. The Forum will more specifically:
i) Provide the sub-region a platform for social activists to strengthen popular democracy and mobilization.
ii) Critically challenge the status quo of abject poverty, gender inequality and discrimination, high level corruption, social insecurity, unconstitutional governance, HIV & AIDS pandemic, etc.
iii) Build a sub regional solidarity network around issues of social, political and economical justice.
iv) Create a loose coalition that will guarantee effective participation in the future Southern African Social Forum [SASF], the African Social Forum [ASF] and the World Social Forum [WSF].
What are the Issues?
The land issue and the future of agricultural based communities
Justification Of SASF 2005
Due to the modest success of the inaugural ZSF, a second edition of the ZSF was held in Harare under the banner, "A People’s Forum Against Poverty, Gender Inequalities and All Forms of Oppression". More than 1200 participants drawn from various social movements, community based organizations, trade unions, HIV and AIDS activists, gender and women’s rights organizations and the youths, among others were at this important gathering. Discussions and solidarity sharing and exploration of alternatives to the current pro-globalization Zimbabwean economy took place under the following thematic clusters:
The Forum rejected the unjust neo-liberal globalization and the integration of the Zimbabwean economy through NEPAD into a system in a manner that increases the poverty of the Zimbabwean majority. The HIV and AIDS thematic groups which had the biggest presence, recognized that the roots of fighting HIV and AIDS lay on a lack of social justice, and the acknowledgement that there was a vicious circle of HIV and AIDS and poverty, with both mutually reinforcing each other. The various entities at the ZSF ended up by concluding, "activists and social movements demand universal access to free treatment and the restructuring of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the World Trade Organization, and the need to develop friendly policies such as debt cancellation, equal trade, sober and responsible standards of living for our people." Participants from the thematic group also called on the next ASF in Lusaka in 2004 to give due prominence to the HIV and AIDS issue since it is the greatest social phenomenon in Southern Africa currently.
The 2004 event remarkably made the ZSF a leading and formidable bloc in the global justice movement mobilizing under the slogan, "Another Zimbabwe is possible". The ZSF is now an annual event, preceded by a series of mobilization and build up activities, that it is taking its own shape in the spirit of the World Social Forum, based and focused on the need to be organized and be active with regard to the manifestations of local globalization in national processes. Of major importance over the past two years of its existence so far is the Forum’s ability to let those affected be able to share platforms in building solidarity based on real life experiences as told and shared first hand. Beyond the borders of Zimbabwe, the ZSF has managed to present itself as a real force to reckon with, as demonstrated by the heavy presence and effective participation of ZSF delegates in the Lusaka 2003 Southern Africa Social Forum and the African Social Forum 2004 at the same venue. For both events, the ZSF managed to have at least a bus full of participants. For both events, the ZSF managed to have at least a bus full of participants drawn from the activists and social movements partaking in the ZSF processes. The ZSF has been nominated and will host the Southern African Social Forum (SASF) 2005 in October this year. This in itself is a good opportunity for Zimbabwe to continue building solidarity beyond our borders as the struggle against poverty in its entirety continues.
The SASF Event 2005
The event will be modelled along the ASF and WSF approach. The workshops, seminars and conferences will take place along autonomous activities. The two aspects critical to the hosting of SASF in 2005 are:
a) Identification of the challenges confronting SADC region and building of a common vision.
b) The emergence and entrenchment of neo-liberal policies especially around NEPAD and the role of South Africa in African countries.
The collective seminars, workshops will focus on the following issues:
Self-organized or autonomous activities
As usual, participating entities have the responsibility of organizing and defining the content of seminars, workshops and panels that fall under their responsibility. These activities will provide concerned organizations and movements with the possibility to express themselves thoroughly and facilitate a more systematic work on alternatives.
The Southern African Social Forum [SASF] would be creative in order to achieve the envisaged progressive outcomes, such as:
i) A functional and operational Regional Steering Committee;
ii) Functional and operational Social Forums within Southern Africa;
iii) Collective and enhanced political pressure on politicians and all decision makers on behalf of the citizenry with regard to people centered policies on social and economic justice policies;
iv) A framework of alternative political positions emerging from the deliberations and discussions during the SASF for the various participating entities and social movements;
v) A permanent presence of a living "free" networking space to strengthen solidarity among the peoples of Southern Africa (at sub-regional and national level)
SASF Thematic Groupings by SASF secretariat Sunday October 09, 2005 at 05:56 AM
A comprehensive list of discussions to be held at the SASF clustered under themes
1. Poverty Eradication
2. Land Informal Settlement, Housing and Rural Movements
3. Governance Constitutionalism and Democracy
4. Regional Integration, Trade Justice and the Neoliberal Agenda
5. Nature and Role of the African State and Imperialism
6. Gender, Sexism, Feminism, Masculinity and the Marginalized Community
9. HIV/AIDS and the Right to Health
10. Media and Globalisation
11. Alternatives and the Neoliberalism and Capitalism
12. Liberation Theology and Faith based Organizations
Zimbabwe Social Forum Youth Camp by Freedom Youth Council Sunday October 09, 2005 at 05:43 AM
A platform for youth activism at the Southern African Social Forum
Young people are among the most affected by violence, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, exclusion and restricted access to social services like health and education. The situation is even worse and dehumanizing for the young women and the girl child who are often excluded and discriminated against on the basis of gender. In many countries, young people because of their vulnerable economic position are often abused as tools for political violence.
With its foundations in the World Social Forum and the Intercontinental Youth Camp activities and resolutions, the Zimbabwe Social Forum Youth Camp presents a space and platform for local youth activists, organizations and movements to consolidate the local process of working towards social justice. The Youth Camp brings together youth activists and organizations that are committed to building people-centered development paradigms that are democratic, inclusive and sustainable.
In responding to this challenge there has been an identified need to build more broad and inclusive youth camps at the national level which are less resource intensive and can be strong platforms for local mobilization of the youth/students movements. The Youth Council, the Youth Camp’s organizing committee, has a diverse membership of powerful youth organizations which include the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union, the Zimbabwe Integrated Youth Survival Alternative Project, the Students’ Solidarity Trust, the Young Commercial Workers’ Union and the Students’ Christian Movement of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Social Forum Youth Camp provides the possibility of consolidating this initial process and organizing towards the future editions of the Youth Camps at a Southern African, African and world level. This challenge becomes more exciting for African youth activists as they are going to host the WSF IYC in 2007 when the WSF comes to Africa.
Uhuru Youth Camp
The Uhuru Youth Camp is being organized as a youth/student initiative independent and parallel to the Southern Africa Social Forum that will be held in October from the 13th to the 15th in the Harare Gardens. This will be the third Youth Camp to be organized by the Youth Council of the Zimbabwe Social Forum following the successful youth camps of 2003 and 2004.
The Uhuru Youth Camp will bring together youth participants from the whole of Southern Africa with already confirmed participants from South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland
The Youth Camp will be an important popular advocacy tool against poverty, exclusion, and all forms of violence and discrimination. It becomes a commitment by its participants to build a Southern Africa, an Africa and a world based on peace, solidarity, sharing, equity and popular democracy. In Zimbabwe in particular the Youth Camp provides a unique opportunity for responding to local issues such as bad governance, human rights abuses, privatization of essential services, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, violence and all forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, class or race.
The identified themes for the Uhuru Youth Camp are:
The One Love Peace Concert
This seeks to promote and foster the culture of peace amongst young people through popular education tools of music, poetry, and dance. The concert will feature selected artists performing on the theme of peace.
Artists Workshop/ Teach In
A one day workshop/Teach In will be organized for the selected artists prior to the One Love Peace Concert where artists will be engaged on matters of peace building, conflict prevention and resolution. This will sharpen the artists’ message on peace so as to achieve the objectives of the concert.
This will run from 6pm till late in the Harare Garden on 15/09/05 the last day of the SASF. Though championed by the youth, this will be the main event for the night for everyone at the SASF thus large numbers are expected to turn out.
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